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    Defending your UConn Possession with Intent to Sell Arrest

    • Possession of narcotics with intent to sell can get you expelled and even arrested at UConn.
    • A UConn arrest will send you to the Rockville Superior Court and a hearing before UConn’s board of Community Standards.

    What does UConn Define as Possession of a Controlled Substance?

    Under Connecticut General Statute (“CGS”) § 21a-279, a person is guilty of possession of a controlled substance when they have under their control any quantity of a controlled substance, except less than half an ounce of marijuana.  UConn students can be arrested for possession of a narcotic or controlled substance even if they’re caught with only a few pills used to study, like Vivance or Adderall.  Possession of a controlled substance is a class A misdemeanor.

    Will I Get Expelled from UConn for my Possession of Narcotics Arrest?

    If you’ve been arrested for any drug or alcohol crime at UConn, you can expect a school disciplinary hearing in front of the board of community standards.  The best UConn lawyers know that the Board will review your transcript and ask you questions about your arrest before deciding what discipline should be taken against you.  You have the right to consult with an attorney before this hearing, to avoid self-incrimination and to protect yourself from undue school discipline.

    Is Marijuana Considered a Controlled Substance at UConn?

    Under Connecticut statute, marijuana or any other cannabis type substance is not considered a controlled substance.  If you are caught with less than half an ounce of marijuana, you will be issued an infraction.  Don’t fall for it—pleading guilty or paying a fine for a marijuana infraction can have a lasting impact on your employment and academic background, even though it has been decriminalized in Connecticut.

    What is Possession with Intent to Sell at UConn? 

    Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, or the investigation conducted by UConn police department, you may be charged with the intention to sell a controlled substance.  We usually see these arrests occur when UConn police receive an anonymous tip of sales from another student.  Under CGS § 21a-278, possession with intent to sell carries a 5 year minimum jail sentence.

    Do I Have to Go to Court if I’m Arrested at UConn?

    If you’re arrest at UConn for possession of a controlled substance, or possession with intent to sell, you’ll be forced to report to the Rockville Superior Court for an arraignment.  While your school disciplinary case is handled by the UConn board of community standards, you’ll be prosecuted by the State of Connecticut.  Don’t go to court alone—contact a top Rockville criminal defense attorney before your arraignment in court to be fully prepared and avoid giving up any rights.

    Will I Go to Jail for my Possession of Narcotics Arrest?

    An arrest for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence in Connecticut and can result in you serving time if convicted.  An experienced attorney can help evaluate the facts of your case and the evidence UConn claims to have against you, to compile your best defense before court.

    Call a UConn Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

    If you’ve been arrested or accused of possession of narcotics with an intent to distribute, call one of the experienced attorneys on Mark Sherman’s team of UConn defense lawyers today.  An attorney will explain your charges and court process and how we will work to protect your future and academic career.  Call us 24/7 at (203) 358-4700 and click here to read hundreds of certified client reviews from past UConn clients.